New deputy VC appointed for University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton has appointed a new deputy vice-chancellor who will focus on student experience

Julia Clarke, currently pro-vice chancellor for business and law at Manchester Metropolitan University, will join the University of Wolverhampton as deputy vice-chancellor (student experience) from 2 January 2020.

Prior to moving into higher education, Julia qualified as a chartered accountant at Ernst & Young where she specialised in corporate taxation. She worked at the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Leeds before joining Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015, where she has played a leading role in the university’s introduction of degree apprenticeships and the development of its digital transnational education portfolio.

Julia has played a leading role in the university’s introduction of degree apprenticeships

Julia has taught Financial Accounting, Corporate Governance and Business Ethics across a range of programmes and levels and was a founding member of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied. At Leeds, she established the sector-leading Nurturing Talent Mentoring Scheme which is based on her research into mentoring and social capital. She has overseen the development of both student and staff mentoring programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University, including the Faculty’s Developing Research Excellence and Developing Education Excellence programmes.

Julia said: “I am delighted to be joining the University of Wolverhampton and excited at the chance to be part of the university’s mission to maximise opportunity. I have been hugely impressed by the colleagues and students I have met and by the authenticity of the commitment to put students first in order to drive economic and social transformation in the region and beyond.”

I have been hugely impressed by the authenticity of the commitment to put students first, to drive economic and social transformation in the region and beyond
– Julia Clarke, newly appointed deputy vice-chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Julia is an active participant in the business education community through her work with the Chartered Association of Business Schools and with the international accrediting bodies. She is Chair of Council for Chartered ABS, a director of Pro-Manchester and a governor for Abraham Moss Community School as well as Chair for the Business and Law Panel for the national Teaching Excellence Framework subject pilot.

Julia also holds a degree in History and French from the University of Manchester, a PGCHE from the University of Leeds and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Liverpool. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a visiting professor at the University of Shanghai.